BAI launches Media Research Funding Scheme 2019

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (17.04.19) announced details of its 2019 Media Research Funding Scheme. A total of €50,000 is being made available to suitably qualified academics, researchers and broadcasting/media professionals in order to carry out research project(s) on themes of relevance to the work of the BAI.

The Media Research Funding Scheme aims to support research initiatives that will facilitate the BAI in undertaking its regulatory activities and in meeting the needs of viewers and listeners in Ireland. The Scheme also supports the BAI in developing and maintaining links with third-level institutions and the broadcasting sector.

While the BAI welcomes research proposals in support of any or all of the BAI’s regulatory activities and strategic objectives, the following are of particular interest to the organisation in 2019:

  • The future of the digital media landscape, including the impact of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive on the wider digital context;
  • Irish language in broadcasting;
  • Diversity in the media sector;
  • Gender in the media sector;
  • Media and Society
    • Artificial Intelligence and the means of regulating it;
    • Disinformation in an Irish context.

Commenting on the launch, Michael O’Keeffe, BAI Chief Executive said: “As outlined in the Strategy Statement 2017-2019, the BAI seeks to be an authoritative voice on media matters. By supporting research initiatives through the Media Research Funding Scheme, the BAI aims to inform debate on broadcasting-related matters. We look forward to receiving applications reflecting the themes chosen this year. We consider these to be the most relevant in the context of supporting the achievement of the outcomes of the BAI Strategy Statement 2017 -2019.”

Further information, including funding scheme guidelines and the application form, is available here. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Tuesday, 25th June 2019.


Contact: Tony Heffernan / Sebastian Enke, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2399508 / 087-3239496

Notes to Editors:

  • The BAI undertakes and commissions qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-method research. As the research is aimed at providing information to the BAI in support of its statutory functions, it is anticipated that funded projects are more likely to be of an applied rather than a theoretical nature. To this end, applicants are advised to refer to the legislative framework in which the BAI operates, in particular, Sections 26(2)(a), (2)(c) and (2)(g) of the Broadcasting Act, 2009.The duration of funded projects will be between three and 12 months. Applicants may apply for one research project under the scheme.
  • Eligible applicants include: Post-doctoral and/or academic staff in third-level institutions who wish to undertake research; freelance researchers; individuals and/or organisations in the broadcasting/media industry who wish to undertake research; individuals and/or teams from market research consultancies; individuals in the broadcasting/media industry who are undertaking research as part of a continuing professional development programme; a partnership of any of the above.
  • Applicants must be Irish or EU nationals or residents. Organisations must be incorporated in Ireland or the EU.
  • The BAI requires references for all applications.